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diversity and inclusion

Companies in India becoming authentic about Diversity and Inclusion

The events of the past year have put racism firmly in the spotlight, once again requiring a renewed focus on our approach to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). The tragic killing of George Floyd in May 2020 led to a powerful movement for real change that swept across many parts of the world. People said:...
Sharda Gautam - Tata Trusts

Sharda Gautam from Tata Trusts talks handloom revival

“Handloom is not only the second-largest sector after agriculture in providing livelihood but also the largest unorganized sector in India. However, handloom weavers are drifting away from the sector at an alarming pace. Precious skills of centuries could soon be lost with weavers in rural areas having abandoned the craft for want of proper...
core-business sustainability

CSR versus Core-Business Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability are being used by businesses interchangeably. While the government of India envisioned CSR to catalyse philanthropic effort among businesses, sustainability – or core-business sustainability – entails transforming a company’s business model to achieve sustainability outcomes. Core business sustainability refers to the integration of the principles of sustainability into the business’s...
Karan Bagaria - Kemwell

Karan Bagaria, MD, Kemwell talks CSR in Biopharma

Did you know there's a Tibetan Medicine Centre in Bengaluru city established by none other than the Dalai Lama himself? “My grandfather and father were big followers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My father had met him during one of his visits to Bengaluru, and that’s when he asked him about setting up...
social mobility

Social mobility in India has caste and class blocks

Social mobility is the extent to which people are able to move between socio-economic strata during their lifetime and between generations. In societies with low social mobility like ours, a person’s background often predetermines the upper limit of education they would attain, the type of work they would do and the level of income...
wind export hub

India poised to become a wind export hub

India’s electricity demand is projected to grow at 9.9% yearly towards 2025 driven by its sheer size and economic growth. The demand dipped temporarily in 2020 due to Covid-19 induced lockdowns, but it not only rebounded to match the pre-COVID level but ended up exceeding 2020 highs in early 2021. Renewable energy will be the...
carbon footprint

Corporates actively reducing their carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions constitute a significant portion of a business’s total carbon footprint. Recognising these emissions as a part of one’s own carbon footprint could lead to large-scale change. There is an emerging trend among businesses to set internal carbon prices or apply internal carbon taxes. According to the report Reducing Risks, Addressing Climate Change...
CSR collaborations in water

How CSR collaborations propel community-based water projects

Corporate Social Responsibility has emerged as a strong mechanism for businesses to affect community-based water projects. Between 2014 and 2019, CSR has funded over Rs. 5,018 crores in environmental sustainability, Rs. 2,087 crores in sanitation and Rs. 824 crores in safe drinking water in India according to a report by the United Nations Development...
Manoj Balachandran - IBM

Manoj Balachandran, Head – CSR, IBM India & South Asia discusses AI for social good

Artificial intelligence in agriculture is attracting the attention of technology bigwigs like IBM. At a time when the whole world is disrupted by COVID-19 and social distancing is the norm, electronic mandis, for example, could offer an excellent way for transactions between farmers and customers in the post-COVID world. Manoj Balachandran who heads CSR at...
Azim Premji

Philanthropy report: Azim Premji, the most generous Indian

“I strongly believe that those of us, who are privileged to have wealth, should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged.” - Azim Premji These words of wisdom come from one of the world's wealthiest as well as benevolent business tycoons. As of June 2021, his...
online delivery

Food Safety Norms In Online Delivery

Online delivery apps need to use some of their resources in training and capacity building of restaurants for improving food safety and hygiene rather than focusing only on deep discounts and aggressive marketing. Government agencies like FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) are responsible for setting food safety standards, conducting inspections, ensuring that...
Tata Chemicals Coral Reef

Tata Chemicals reveals what made the Coral Reef Restoration Project a success

Coral reefs, also known as sea rainforests, support a diverse range of marine species as well as the livelihoods of coastal communities. The Tata Chemicals plant in Mithapur is near the Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park, which is a Biodiversity Hotspot and protects coral reefs. Based on field observations and a review of...

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